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Abraham Ellison GARRETT

(1830-1907)

GARRETT, Abraham Ellison, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Livingston, Overton County, Tenn., March 6, 1830; attended the public schools and Poplar Springs College, Kentucky; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Livingston, Tenn.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; served as lieutenant colonel of the First Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry, in the Union Army during the Civil War; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1865; member of the State house of representatives in 1865 and 1866; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Carthage, Tenn., where he died February 14, 1907; interment in Carthage Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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